Oakes African American Cultural Center
The Oakes African American Culture celebrates the legacy of the Oakes family, a prominent and successful African American family in Yazoo City that lived in the house until 1989. It also honors and preserves the legacy of other African Americans who have contributed to the city's and region's cultural history. The Classical Revival home which was originally built around 1866 and then rebuilt by Oakes family descendants in the coming decades. The house features exhibits, both permanent and traveling, that showcase the accomplishments of African Americans in various areas such as music and literature. The house also contains furniture and belongings of the Oakes family, as well an archives containing family letters, business papers and other documents. Artwork and photographs are also on display. The center also offers lectures, classes and various other programs. The house itself was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
Backstory and Context
"The Oakes House." The Historical Marker Database. Accessed September 5, 2017. https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=77230.
Rodner B. Wright & Patrick A. Snadon. "Augustus J. Oakes House." National Parks Service - National Register of Historic Places. April 8, 1993. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/ad56ed97-9c63-4438-977b-6253d0899bec.
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